@kragen You'd likely have to undermine their business model.
On the positive side, this is a dynamic which can be used to play megacorps (and possibly other interests) off one another.
That notion goes back to IBM's Earthquake Memo, ~1998.
I'm not sure if you were at the LinuxWorld Expo where copies of that were being shown around, probably 1999, NYC.
Tim O'Reilly wrote on that in Open Sources.
@dredmorbius @zardoz @kick @enkiv2 @freakazoid I think it goes back longer than that; IIRC Gumby commented on the fsb list in the mid-1990s that he wasn't worried about other companies contributing code to GCC and GDB because Cygnus could then turn around and sell the improved versions to Cygnus's customers. Of course those customers could get the software without paying, but they found Cygnus's offering valuable enough to pay for, and competitors' contributions just increased that value.
@kragen Fair enough. "At least" to the Earthquake Doc.
Though that *specifically* laid out the policy of adopting an Open Source orientation for IBM specifically to compete more effectively against Microsoft and Sun.
Similarly: Netscape's assault against Microsoft, with browsers (and trying to break the desktop stranglehold), Sun's release of StarOffice, Google turning Microsoft's AJAX against MSFT via Gmail, etc., etc.
@freakazoid Absolutely. Commercialism's capacity to moblise resources is phenomenal.
Early work on Free Software as an organisational model (see Coleman's and O'Mahoney's works, among others) suggested FS/OS was an organisational model which could displace traditional propreitary SW dev. And in some cases it has.
Others not so much.
And it can be *adopted* by commercial enterprises (or govs, edus, orgs) as well, combining capital + FS/OS.
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